The Daily Update: Monday, Feb. 7

February 7, 2011 by · Comments Off 

SMU is back open for its first full day of classes after last week’s snow storm. Nicole Jacobsen and Bridgett Bennet report with a Super Bowl recap and share which major purchase AOL is about to make. All this and more, on your Daily Update.

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VIDEO: Super Bowl Media Day

February 3, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Video and Editing by Fernando Valdes
Reporting by Brittany Levine

Click here to see From SMU to the Super Bowl: Emmanuel Sanders

This week’s Super Bowl Media Day offered the usual bizarre assortment of joking football players, swimsuit models, costumed reporters, and everything in between. Watch this video and check out Daily Mustang sports editor Marissa Belske’s column and photos.

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VIDEO — From SMU to the Super Bowl: Emmanuel Sanders

February 1, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Video by Fernando Valdes

Emmanuel Sanders Interview from on Vimeo.

By Kimmy Ryan

Click here to seeThe Daily Mustang’s coverage of Super Bowl Media Day

Emmanuel Sanders spent his college career helping turn around the SMU football program, culminating in an incredible victory at the Hawaii Bowl. Now, almost a year later, Sanders’ rookie year in the NFL is finishing on another high note, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45.

Sanders was surrounded by reporters during Media Day at the Cowboys stadium Tuesday. The press was curious about everything from June Jones’ coaching style, to practicing at TCU this next week, to what life as a Steeler is like. All in all though, Sanders said, “It’s just good to be back in Dallas.”

Although Sanders is glad to be back home, practicing at TCU’s stadium will be a change. Sanders said he just might have to “punch a horned frog or two while he’s there.”

Sanders seemed most excited about getting out there and playing hard Steeler Football on Sunday.

Steeler Football is “hard core, smash mouth football,” Sanders said. “Every play you’re trying to knock some guy’s knees out, and we actually get awarded if we do it.”

Toward the second half of the season, Sanders received sufficient amounts of playing time as a receiver and on kickoffs, and proved himself by knocking out a few knees of his own. But, the transition to the big leagues has not been without bumps.

“He came in, and he was real hard headed. He didn’t want to listen,” said fellow teammate Arnaz Battle. “But, as the season went on, he developed into a nice rookie on and off the field. We appreciate having him. He’s a great player, and his future is very bright.”

Whether adjusting to NFL life or not, Sanders’ feelings about his new profession have stayed the same.

“Sometimes I wake up and pinch myself. Am I really in the National Football League coming from a small school, Southern Methodist University? I’m just trying to make the most of it.”

He described the biggest difference between SMU and the NFL as the crowd. But instead of getting more nervous in front of huge crowds, he gets more excited and is ready to perform even more.

Sanders credits his preparedness to SMU Coach June Jones.

“It’s a blessing,” Sanders said about having Jones in his life.

With the help of Coach Jones, Sanders accomplished a lot his senior year at SMU. As captain, he led the team to a bowl game, caught over 100 balls, went over a thousand yards and was drafted to the NFL in the third round.

“Thanks to Coach Jones,” Sanders said. “If it wasn’t for him, I honestly wouldn’t have been drafted that high. He brought in a great offense and passed on a lot of knowledge to me, so kudos to him.”

Sanders will not only be the pride of the Mustangs on Super Bowl Sunday, but he is also a role model for many.

Joshua Harvey, a reporter at Media Day, said that young players are coming to SMU saying, “I’m going to be the next Emmanuel Sanders.”

It was evident that Sanders was truly touched by the reactions he has gotten from his friends and fans.

With such great support, this week Sanders will be focused on only one thing, Sunday’s game. And with all the hype, Sanders hopes to revert to what he does best.

“When I’m out there with Ben Roethlisberger, it’s like I’m a ten-year-old kid again playing throw-and-catch backyard football.”

Packers Arrive For Super Bowl; Will Practice in Park Cities

January 31, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers fields questions during a Super Bowl press conference Monday at the Omni Mandalay Hotel. (PHOTO BY BRITTANY LEVINE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

The Green Bay Packers arrived for Super Bowl XLV on Monday afternoon, touching down at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport just before 4 p.m. The NFC champions will practice this week at SMU’s Ford Stadium and also at Highland Park High School’s indoor practice facility.

On Tuesday, check back for a video capturing the Packers’ arrival, and follow the #sbsmu hashtag to keep track of our Super Bowl Media Day tweets from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Members of the Green Bay Packers make their way from the plane to shuttle buses after landing at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Monday afternoon. (PHOTO BY BRITTANY LEVINE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Daily Update: Monday, January 31

January 31, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Find out what is happening to the Americans that are stranded in Egypt. Why you might be expecting less harassment at the airport from TSA agents. And learn what are the metroplex providers doing so that you can rule the air. Find out all this and more on your Daily Update!

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Mustang Weekend Guide: Dallas For Just The Guys

January 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Elizabeth Lowe & Natalie Blankenship,

This weekend is for the guys with activities and specials ranging from reggae rock to ultimate enchiladas to of course, the NFL as we countdown to the Super Bowl. But being in Dallas, this is definitely an upgraded version of the typical boys weekend, making it great for gals too.

Get a little surf culture with Badfish at the House of Blues
When: Saturday, Jan. 29
Time: doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Price: $20 general admission or the 4-pack price of $15 a piece
What: Badfish is a Sublime tribute band; it’s not ska, but it’s definitely surfer-cool. Perfect for a totally chill, sunny Saturday night out…even if it’s below 40 and raining.

Go pro minus the price at NFL Experience
When: all weekend
Times: Fri. 3-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Price: not the going rate of upwards $1,000 for Cowboy Stadium
What: It’s not a January weekend in Texas without a little NFL. The Super Bowl brings this mega-fan attraction to the Dallas Convention Center which includes autograph sessions, the Vince Lambardi Trophy, and of course some games and drills.

Coal Vines to Update Your Weekend Pizza
Where: Uptown on Cedar Springs Road
What: Delicious wood-fired pizzas and other Italian specialties
Ditch that Saturday evening Domino’s, get up off the couch and head to Coal Vines for great food and awesome atmosphere as well. Owned by the same people of Nick & Sam’s, you’re sure to be pleased.

BEE: Best Enchiladas Ever Opens In Oak Cliff
What: made to order enchiladas, burritos, tacos and more, this “enchiladeria” is compared to a cross between a Chipotle and a Which Wich. It’s fast and it’s fresh, and it’s owned by Monica of Monica’s Aca y Alla.
Why: it’s brand new–why not try the newest tex mex in town? Then maybe you can claim that you discovered the restaurant when all of your friends start becoming regulars.

PRSSA presents Super Bowl Host Committee

October 7, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Charlie Wilson, head of advertising and marketing for the Super Bowl Host Committee, spoke to students Wednesday night in the O’Donnell Lecture Hall in Owens Fine Arts Center. The lecture, hosted by SMU’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), was supposed to be given by Tony Fay, VP of Programming for Super Bowl XLV, but due to a conflict with an NFL meeting, he was unable to attend.

Wilson began by telling students what the host committee has been doing to prepare for Super Bowl 2011. To get people excited, the committee had an exposition at the State Fair of the 100 greatest football moments in North Texas. Highlighting local, North Texas football stars, raises awareness about football and the Super Bowl coming to town. The committee, with the help of American Airlines, created a website where people could vote for favorite plays and highlights.

“We used every communication tool to promote this campaign,” Wilson said.

These “tools,” which included different types of Internet networking, almost tripled the anticipated number of participants in the campaign. American Airlines let voters sign up for an Aadvantage account, while the host committee was able to promote the Super Bowl.

“That’s the thing with PR, you want to make sure it is a win, win for each side,” Wilson said.

Wilson’s job is to make sure that Super Bowl XLV is like no other, and his many ideas for upcoming events made the crowd feel that his goal is at his fingertips. He explained how Dallas is a big sports city with ample financial support, but 10 years ago the city would not have been ready to take on such a big event.

“The demographics of this area have changed throughout the years,” Wilson said. “You have to think in a macro way, how will you get the entire region involved?”

PRSSA is a student organization that brings speakers to SMU to help promote and educated students about Public Relations and different job opportunities in the DFW area. Jonathan Machemehl, the PRSSA program director, said that these events are to show students that there is a wide variety of PR jobs in different markets.

“ I think it’s very important for students to come to these events and see how PR extends into so many different majors,” Machemehl said.

Opinion Blog: A Less Than Super Show

February 15, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Chase Cusack

We tune in to see the top athletes in the world battle it out on the gridiron. We expect epic commercials with top notch production values to make our abs sore from laughing. And during the Super Bowl halftime show, well, at least we know we have a good time to use the bathroom.

Since the Janet Jackson “Nipplegate” debacle of 2004, halftime has been a showcase for lackluster performances by classic rock bands of the baby boomer generation. The NFL needs to stop playing it safe, and make halftime relevant again.

It wasn’t until the late ‘90s that someone realized how unique an opportunity the Super Bowl presented to bring together music’s biggest stars in front of a captivated world wide audience. In 1998, the game featured a salute to Motown that was both legendary and contemporary with TLC, Aretha Franklin, and The Temptations.

Halftime in the years that followed was as significant a part of water cooler conversation as the game itself. But the infamous FCC fines for Jackson’s exposure left the NFL red in the cheeks.

In the wake of “Nipplegate,” the league must have made an unwritten rule that the halftime performers had to have AARP cards to prevent any future embarrassments. Outside of Prince in 2007, the youngest act since Jackson has been 57-year-old Tom Petty. Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen were all between the ages of 58 and 66 at the time of their performances.

And the act is always the same. They play a few of the most recognizable classics, wear leather, and hope no one notices that their voice isn’t what it used to be. At least this time the producers didn’t force teenagers to rush the field and pretend to know the words to The Who’s “Pinball Wizard.”

Instead of playing the nostalgia card, what if this year we had witnessed a collaboration between Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, and Taylor Swift? There would be undeniable buzz coming from television’s most important demographic. And increased viewership in the 18 to 49 age range means higher advertising revenue for the network that airs the game.

The Grammys have perfected bringing old-school and new-school artists together for unforgettable performances. The Super Bowl would be smart to pay attention. The world’s biggest stage needs to be special again. And unless there’s a Led Zeppelin reunion in the works for 2011, we’re all expecting a little more creativity next time.

Remember, the greater the risk, the greater the reward.